New Delhi: While many believed that Ajinkya Rahane was Indian selectors' first choice as captain for the Zimbabwe tour, that wasn't the case as veteran cricketer Suresh Raina was named as the captain initially.
According to a report published in the Indian Express, Raina was named skipper for three ODIs and two T20s, a decision which was later changed after the intervention of a top BCCI official.
The report further says that the top brass of BCCI weren’t keen on the left-hander being the skipper after he was named in an email from Lalit Modi to ICC, where it was alleged that Raina, along with two other Chennai Super Kings cricketers - Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, had accepted favours from an Indian real estate tycoon.
The Indian selectors had met on June 29 to select the team for Zimbabwe, just two days after Modi’s email to ICC CEO David Richardson became public.
The report further says that the BCCI selection committee had no answer when a board official asked them not to name Raina as the captain.
Raina had earlier rejected Lalit Modi's allegations that he accepted bribes from a businessman and said he was considering legal action against the former IPL commissioner.
"In the wake of recent media reports about me, I would like to make my fans around the world aware and clear the air that I have always played the game in right spirit and with utmost integrity," Raina said in a statement issued by sports management firm Rhiti Sports, with which he was associated at that point of time.
London-based Modi tweeted a letter he claimed to have written to International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson in June 2013.
The ICC acknowledged receiving the letter from Modi but gave the cricketers a clean chits saying that no evidence was found against them. The BCCI also effectively gave a clean chit to the players.
(With Agency inputs)